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Martin Di Caro

Transportation Reporter

Di Caro has been WAMU's transportation reporter since February 2012. He covers local and regional issues challenging the residents of the heavily-congested, transit-friendly Washington metropolitan area. Martin often focuses on how transportation, land use, and public policy converge to shape the face of the region and the lives of its traffic-weary residents. Before coming to Washington, Di Caro worked at some of the most popular radio stations in the country's largest media markets. As a general assignment reporter at New Jersey 101.5 FM he won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best New Series after reporting on the severe illnesses suffered by 9/11 rescue and recovery workers. Di Caro also works for the Associated Press Radio Network in D.C. and New York.


Articles Written by Martin Di Caro

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New U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says he is prepared to address Congress to make sure Metro continues to receive funding for repair and maintenance. Metro is three years into a 10-year, $3 billion aid package to repair and rebuild a rail system suffering from decades of decay, legislation that would have to be re-authorized in 2020. During an hour-long ques...
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You will be able to pay a taxi fare with a credit card in Washington—eventually. Citing the slow pace of installations, the D.C. Taxicab Commission delayed the deadline again for all cabs to accept credit card payments by one month to September 30, as long as taxi owners and their chosen credit card payment service companies provide a legitimate reason—such as a logistic...
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When it comes to accommodating the needs of motorists with the vision of creating a less car-dependent Washington, District planners say they have struck a balance in proposed changes to parking rules that are part of the first major rewrite of D.C.’s zoning code since 1958. This week the Office of Planning wrapped up six years of work when it submitted a ...
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A $900 million vision to transform two D.C. neighborhoods—one on each side of the Anacostia River—by changing a freeway into a grand boulevard is taking shape. Tonight the District Department of Transportation and the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative will present plan...
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More than $200 million has been approved for transportation projects in Northern Virginia. Projects commuters have long been waiting for are finally getting money, like Route 28. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, empowered by Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding overhaul, approved spending to relieve bottlenecks on Rt. 28 in three counties. So the...
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You won't be surprised to learn what commuters ranked as our region's biggest transportation problems in a new survey. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments surveyed 660 commuters in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, asking them to rank their woes. "Sure enough, they ranked both highway and transit congestion as very high in terms of challenges, and both tran...
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Metro's board of directors will consider adopting new rail service standards for off-peak travel times when they meet tomorrow. A common complaint among Metro riders is having to wait a long time for a train at night. They shouldn't have to wait more than 15 minutes in the rail system's core or more than 20 minutes in other areas, under new train frequency standards the Metro ...
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Even as repairs proceed and both sides insist the structure is safe despite cracking concrete, Montgomery County officials and Metro leaders remain at odds over the Silver Spring Transit Center, appearing no closer to solving key problems plaguing a facility already years behind schedule and millions over budget. Money has emerged as the prickliest issue surrounding the tra...
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Quietly and rapidly, one of the first streetcars that will carry passengers in Washington, D.C. in more than 50 years accelerates on a test track adjacent to a highway. Sleek and swift, the narrow red and gray vehicle effortlessly speeds up to 30 miles per hour, its ride smooth and even. Then the engineer at the controls tests the emergency brake, and everyone aboard braces themselves...
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The first major re-write of D.C.'s Zoning Code since it was established in 1958 is drawing closer to completion. One week from today the Office of Planning is expected to hand over its final proposals to the Zoning Commission after six years of work. D.C. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning stunned the smart growth community when she made this announcement on The Kojo Nnam...
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It turns out that residents in parts of southern Prince George's County won't lose water service after all, but mandatory water restrictions remain in place. Businesses in Maryland's National Harbor are getting things back on track sooner than they expected. Hotels are closed, storefronts are dark and the streets are silent but for the rumble of the engines TV news trucks. Nat...
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They haven't figured out how to pay for the project yet, but the Arlington County Board has passed a key vote to move ahead on the Columbia Pike Streetcar. The 4-to-1 vote at the Arlington County Board meeting was not for the final approval of the streetcar project. That has already happened—twice—in 2006 and again last year. This vote affirmed a new agreement with Fairf...
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At an age when many people are enjoying retirement, James T. Smith is starting a new job. Following a long career in government service as a judge and Democratic office holder, Smith, 71, became Maryland's Secretary of Transportation in early June, filling a post that had been open for one year following the resignation of Beverley Swaim-Staley. In an interview with WAMU 88....
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An Orange Line train with a brake problem caused massive problems on the Blue and Orange Lines last night, prompting an apology from Metro. Some riders took to Twitter to complain that it took more than three hours to get home. Passengers were stuck on the disabled train outside the Clarendon station for an hour and a half. Platforms were packed, single-tracking trains were ja...
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In Maryland, repairs may begin next week on the Silver Spring Transit Center. When Montgomery County released a report in March that found excessive cracking in concrete and inadequate reinforcing steel among a litany of problems, the Silver Spring Transit Center, already two years behind schedule, seemed like a lost project. There was finger pointing. The lead contractor F...
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One of the District's busiest avenues will be studied for possible safety improvements. As pedestrians amble down Florida Avenue Northeast, traffic whizzes by just a few feet away. The road is six lanes wide, the sidewalk just a few feet wide. "You can see those kids riding those bikes on the sidewalks. When you have deaf people walking there is a potential for the...
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As the McDonnell administration's plan to build a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia has morphed into the most contentious transportation issue in the region, its opponents — who disparagingly label the proposed road an "outer beltway" — have leveled the charge that the Bi-County Parkway is being rammed through the approval process by and for the benefit of real estate...
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D.C. regulators are assuring the paying public that all cabs licensed in the District will be able to accept both credit card and smart phone payments by the end of summer, after a demonstration to show the new technology coming to all taxis actually works. Two tech companies, Uber and ...
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After six years of work, the first major rewrite of Washington, D.C.'s zoning code since 1958 is inching closer to approval. This comes in the face of opposition from some residents and neighborhood associations who claim proposed changes may squeeze an already tight supply of parking spaces in the city. Office of Planning sticks to their guns On Tuesd...
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Despite all its problems, a majority of District-area residents have a favorable view of Metro, according to a Washington Post poll. Sleepy-faced commuters quietly waited for their Red Line tr...